the national book award, doing a piece on the geometry of pasta. it matters. shape matters. >> faith salie, you'll be seeing her emcee the event tonight. >> thank you so much. [inaudible conversations] >> ladies, gentlemen, authors, poets, editors, agents, publishishes, librarians, book binders, women, i am so happy to be here tonight. my name is faith salie, and i have a profound soft spot in my heart for this world of books. my husband works in publishing, and i married him anyway. now, if you are at a table with a nominee, please point to that person to make him or her feel wildly uncomfortable.